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Instrumentation Engineer

Job Requisition ID:  44922

Eastman’s current hiring policy encourages and prefers new hires be fully vaccinated before reporting to work in this role when possible. 

Founded in 1920, Eastman is a global specialty materials company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With the purpose of enhancing the quality of life in a material way, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. The company’s innovation-driven growth model takes advantage of world-class technology platforms, deep customer engagement, and differentiated application development to grow its leading positions in attractive end markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. As a globally inclusive and diverse company, Eastman employs approximately 14,000 people around the world and serves customers in more than 100 countries. The company had 2021 revenues of approximately $10.5 billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA. For more information, visit


The Automation Instrumentation Engineer provides expertise in process instrumentation to support the Process Automation Controls Organization (PACO). Work will primarily support the execution of installation of Optical Monitoring systems (OMS) as they relate to instrumentation, measurement of optical properties of transparent films, software programming and process automation, but may also include support for plant operations and maintenance. Requires a background in software programming (JAVA, Python, Visual Basic, C++), process automation systems (PLC, DCS, etc), and the electrical infrastructure required to support both. Additional responsibilities will include dashboard design and data manipulation in OSi-Pi (Power-Bi)


Essential Functions

o    Evaluate, specify, select, configure, calibrate, and commission/validate new process instrumentation
o    Create and/or update all necessary documentation for new instrumentations to include asset information, calibration templates, job plans, work instructions, predictive maintenance procedures and preventative maintenance procedures
o    Manage small capital and/or expense projects involving process instrumentation
o    Install and troubleshoot instrumentation as needed to include mounting, pulling and terminating wiring in control cabinets
o    Demonstrate knowledge of one or more of the following:
§    Electrical wiring and control panels to include low voltage AC/DC electrical and instrumentation controls as well as 3-phase 480-volt power circuits
§    VFD installation and configuration
§    Control system (PLC and/or DCS) hardware knowledge and understanding
§    Ladder Logic/DCS software knowledge – read and interpret
§    HMI maintenance/troubleshooting
o    Support and participate in training plant personnel associated with capital project turnover
o    Create and improve programs to manage integrity and functionality of Inline Measure Equipment (defects detection / thickness measuring / coating application / color).
o    Maintain integrity and performance of systems, process controls, plant historian and networks
o    Work with other manufacturing support groups to implement and maintain automation systems, execute projects, and communicate the status to operations
o    Troubleshoot process control problems, identify causes, and make recommendations for improvements and/or implement improvements
o    Continuous improvements through share learning and new developments, using Lean and Six Sigma concepts.
o    Interface and work with OEM's and vendors as necessary. Schedules and oversees work performed by contractors or vendors; specifies tasks to be performed.
o    Team-oriented, but able to work alone with little to no supervision. Must be able to provide objective evidence for meeting required KPIs.


o    BS in Electrical, Electronics, Mechatronics, Computer Science, or Instrumentation Engineering, required.




o    Entry-level to 20 years of industrial experience supporting process automation and/or electrical & instrumentation systems
o    Familiar with OSHA regulations and Lockout Tagout programs preferred.
o    Able to work independently and in cross-functioning teams.
o    Detail oriented with the ability to follow through on projects to completion
o    Significant knowledge of industrial instrumentation preferred
o    Track record of instrumentation/controls/electrical project execution 
o    Process automation system design (PLC and DCS) preferred
o    Experience with IS/IT networking is a plus


Other Skills


o    High degree of collaboration required on a regular on-going basis. Must be able to establish effective working relationships with a broad range of internal and external personnel including engineers, operations and maintenance personnel, site and corporate leadership, consultants, constructors, and equipment suppliers. This position has no direct reports.
o    Excellent analytical and troubleshooting skill for instrumentation
o    Supervisory skills for directing outside contractors
o    Must strive for continuous improvement in all work activities.
§    Experience designing, programming, and implementing control systems, including Allen Bradley, Modicon, or Siemens PLCs;  
§    Experience with industrial networks and communication protocols;
§    PLC programming experience using various software, including RS Logix 5000, RS Logix 500 Concept, or UnityPro
§    Experience with Wonderware packages (In-touch and Archestra System Platform), Factory Talk preferred
§    Experience with industrial system design codes, standards, and specification requirements
§    Experience with engineering design programs, including AutoCAD and/or AutoCAD Electrical preferred

Working Conditions


o    Position will work mostly in an office environment, but will be required to work in all areas of the plant and different sites, both inside and outside.
o    Work will involve working in electrical panels and motor controls centers where Arc Flash hazards may be present
o    May be exposed to fugitive emissions of chemicals typical of chemical operations.
o    Must be able to climb stairs and ladders equipment for installation and troubleshooting.
o    Must be willing and able to wear PPE including hard-hat, steel-toed shoes, safety glasses, fire-resistant clothing and any other devices or equipment that is required.
o    Physical demands—the physical demands of the job, including bending, sitting, lifting up to fifty (50) pounds, and driving.

Work environment— Indoor work to include working at heights and on ladders and occasional exposure to noise above 65 decibels.

Work hours – Day shift (M-F). Occasional weekend work or after 5:00 pm call-outs may be required.

Eastman Chemical Company is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other characteristics protected by law.

Eastman is committed to creating a powerfully diverse workforce and a broadly inclusive workplace, where everyone can contribute to their fullest potential each day.

Nearest Major Market: Roanoke

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